Studies suggest that IBCTs, although designed for easy integration into light or heavy divisions, are even more flexible and tailorable to the joint fight when subordinated to an Interim Division. Such a structure provides a strategically responsive force capable of initiating earlier decisive operations, coordinating multiple, simultaneous stability and support operations (SASO) and small-scale contingencies (SSC) requirements, providing the C4ISR and precision fires that enable precision maneuver and information superiority and functioning as an Army Forces (ARFOR) Headquarters in joint operations.
The Army continues to refine the Interim Division organization and operational concept while it weighs the option of converting a current Army division to the Interim design, possibly prior to 2008.
Recognizing the immediate need to provide effective command and control for an IBCT, the Army is also analyzing the establishment of a detachable, deployable cell that would provide for higher control (HICON) of an IBCT until such time that an Interim Division has attained initial operational capability. The HICON element will be a cost-effective solution designed to act as a "digital bridge" between the IBCT and the next higher-level headquarters. A properly designed and resourced HICON will allow the IBCT commander to effectively command and control his unit while the digitally-linked HICON interfaces with the Joint Task Force or Army Force Commander (ARFOR).
The Army intends to establish a HICON capability concurrently or just prior to the first IBCT's (3/2 IN) initial operational capability, scheduled for 2003.
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